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Transcription of the clues:

Against the current
Assumed
Belief in the paranormal
Celestial explosion
Come together again
Dinners
Drug which acts to inhibit something
Indian currency
Keeping current
Kitchen storage area
LIKE THE LETTERS IN THIS CLUE
Recover from illness
Type of comedy
Type of comic book character
Ultimate
Volcanic event
Zoom-in camera shot

Spreadsheet (contains exaxctly the same information)

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This puzzle is about

Ascending a message

The clues can be solved as

Against the current - UPSTREAM
Assumed - SUPPOSED
Belief in the paranormal - SUPERSTITION
Celestial explosion - SUPERNOVA
Come together again - REGROUP
Dinners - SUPPERS
Drug which acts to inhibit something - SUPPRESSANT
Indian currency - RUPEE
Keeping current - UPDATING
Kitchen storage area - CUPBOARD
LIKE THE LETTERS IN THIS CLUE - UPPERCASE
Recover from illness - RECUPERATE
Type of comedy - STAND-UP
Type of comic book character - SUPERHERO
Ultimate - SUPREME
Volcanic event - ERUPTION
Zoom-in camera shot - CLOSE-UP

Each of these answers contain the substring UP, and there is an up arrow on each row of the grid. Furthermore, we can fit all of the answers in the grid so that the up in each word is replaced by the arrows like so:


As a further confirmation that this is correct, all the neighbouring squares missing borders actually contain the same letter.

The last up arrow just below the grid indicates where we can read the final answer
ASCENDING A MESSAGE

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    $\begingroup$ Argh, you just beat me to the post by about two seconds! (Was literally finishing typing up my 'Finally...' line...) Well done, this is exactly what I have too +1 $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 21 at 22:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Nice to be able to beat you for a change, usually I'm several hours behind you. :) $\endgroup$
    – user39583
    Aug 21 at 22:08

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